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December 25, 2013

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Merry Christmas! I hope all your Christmas wishes come true and that you find much quality time with family and friends in these waning days of 2013. It’s been a hectic season for many in search of the perfect gift, but we all know the best gifts cannot be wrapped. The supply of love and compassion we have to give is replenished every time we share it with others. May all the joy you extend to others be multiplied and returned to you.

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We all have stories about the big ice storm over the weekend. Like thousands of others, we were without power. The outage lasted nearly 15 hours, but with a gas kitchen stove to boil water and a jar of Folger’s instant coffee, I was all set to weather the storm. We lost a lot of branches where I live, but no major structure damage. I also had a visit from a concerned local fellow who was out with his flashlight, checking on seniors during the outage. I’m sure he, and others who tried to help, will be blessed for their concern.  

Alas, the flickering power put an end to my aging computer, and I am left hoping my favorite computer guru can retrieve all the data from my hard drive. Yes, I’m one of those people who never backs up my data. Still, I haven’t missed a Chatterbox in 14 years, so I’m grateful to be able to access email on a borrowed laptop. Hopefully, the new year will bring a new computer system so I can keep up with all of your good news.

I got out on Monday to see the after-storm damage from the lake shore to Lockport. Seeing all those majestic trees stripped of limbs makes me sad; so many years of growth taken down by Mother Nature is humbling. Thanks to all the municipal workers and first responders for all their efforts to get things back to normal.

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